Sailing to Byzantium"...O sages standing in God’s holy fire As in the gold mosaic of a wall, Come from the holy fire, perne in a gyre, And be the singing-masters of my soul. Consume my heart away; sick with desire And fastened to a dying animal It knows not what it is; and gather me Into the artifice of eternity..." -W.B. Yeats
Monthly Archives: January 2013
This looks promising.
I came across this and it reminded me of this whole discussion regarding agnosticism. Perhaps being agnostic just amounts to being an ironist. “The artist who deploys irony tests the sophistication of his audience and divides it into two parts, … Continue reading
This is a further reply to Bernard, who stakes out some interesting ground for the reasons behind his agnosticism, which are in the various threads of comments on several of my last posts. I need to say up front that … Continue reading
Nice to see the President bringing God into the conversation. And by the way naturalists, this would do more in a decade in a positive way for change, than naturalist’s pontificating about the purposeless, meaningless, nothing will matter in a million years, … Continue reading
John Gray has a very good piece here (from last year) upon the continuing delusions of Steven Pinker and those who share in them. While Pinker makes a great show of relying on evidence – the 700-odd pages of this … Continue reading
Bernard, in the post on Nagel I know several issues came up regarding questions you had as to the assertion I make that all of us, whether atheist, theist, or agnostic come to our final conclusions by faith. And again, … Continue reading
Bernard, I thought you might enjoy this essay and maybe you have already read it. I actually found myself agreeing with, at least the sensibility behind much of this.
I just started a very interesting book by Christopher Ferrara. Along with my regular posts, I plan to post every now and again quotes from the book that strike me. I may not reply to any comments regarding these, but … Continue reading
Bernard and RonH are having an interesting conversation in the comment section of an earlier post regarding how we ground ethics. It may help for them to read here and here and see if any new light is shed.